TUMO – Center for Creative Technologies in Yerevan, Armenia
By: Talin Orfali
In the last 4 years, I have heard about TUMO Center for Creative Technologies from the internet and my newsfeeds on my social media networks. It intrigued me to do research about TUMO and I absolutely became attracted to what it is all about.
TUMO is a non-profit educational center and was founded and began in August, 2011 by Sam and Sylvia Simonian by the Simonian Educational Foundation. The Center is located in Yerevan, Armenia in the capital of Armenia. The Central Bank of Armenia supports the center. TUMO also has a second campus in Dilijan, Armenia which opened its doors in 2013. They partnered with the AGBU (Armenian General Benevolent Union). They have recently expanded to other locations in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh and Gyumri, Armenia.
What does TUMO Stand for? The flagship center is located at the end of Yerevan’s Tumanyan Park. It was named after Hovhannes Tumanyan. One of our prominent children’s authors and advocate. The park became known as TUMO and that was what was inspired to name the center TUMO to educate children in a very enriching environment.
Students can learn a variety of different subjects and study free of charge. The students learn about whatever subject(s) that suits their needs from filmmaking, web design, animation, game development, photography, programming, online literacy, music, robotics, 3D modeling, motion graphics, writing, drawing, social media and anything else in the digital world of media. Students can adapt to today’s technology, get in the loop about what is happening worldwide providing them with the necessary tools and resources for skill development to succeed in anything the students desire for the future. It is all 100% free of charge to attend TUMO.
The students learn in many ways with beautifully designed labs, with up-to date computers, software, technology and among workshops, activities to work in groups and individually. You can definitely come out to teach students in the learning lab. You must fill out a form and submit it to TUMO.
Students between ages 12-18 years old can be a TUMO student. They require a parent/guardian with the student(s), and a proof of ID such as passport, birth certificate and that is about it when you register.
The grand opening of TUMO was on August 14, 2011 with a concert to celebrate the Center was performed by Serj Tankian and The Dorians.
Many prominent figures such as George Clooney, Kanye West, Ian Gillan, Charles Aznavour and others have visited the The Center.
introducing to you the Advisory Board members:
Founders – Sam and Sylvia Simonian
Managing Director – Marie Lou Papazian
Designer – Arman Davtyan
Engineer Lead, Uber – Raffi Krikorian
Lead Creative, Fugitive – Roger Kupelian
CEO, Bazillion Beings – Pegor Papazian
Lecturer, Griffith University – Dr. Debra Porch
Producer, Pixar – Katherine Sarafian
CEO, Industrial Toys – Alex Seropian
Singer-Song Writer, Producer – Serj Tankian
Artist, Author, Actor – Vahe Berberian
Artist – Michael Aram
You can travel to Armenia and see our beautiful country meanwhile you can visit the TUMO Center as well. The visiting hours are on Wednesday’s, Thursday’s and Friday’s from 4-5pm. You must send them an e-mail a week or 2 prior to your visit.
you can email them if you are an academic group at firstname.lastname@example.org
you can email them if you are individuals or other tours at email@example.com
Hopefully in the near future I will be able to go visit the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies and meet with the Founders Sam and Sylvia. My passion is social media and writing. Hopefully I will be able to teach the students there about social media safety, how to start blogs, and how to full optimize social media, search engines and so much more. I am absolutely thrilled about this Center.
I wish you all the best at the Center(s), lots of continued success and many more years of TUMO.
You can contact TUMO, mail, email or by telephone.
+374 268 22586
+374 010 398413
Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabakh
+374 47 963036
For more information on visiting the center and more please visit http://www.tumo.org website to find out everything else.
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