At TUMO, technology and art merge to provide teens with a competitive edge in a digital world. Thousands of students ages 12 through 18 gather at the after-school center where they have access to the tools and resources to develop skills not traditionally taught in classrooms. With access to state of the art technology and some of the world's leading professionals in web design, robotics, animation, film and much more, TUMO teens are encouraged to tap into their entrepreneurial intuitions to create and expand the boundaries of today's cutting edge industries.

Students navigate through their personal learning plans via TUMO World, a special learning interface that prepares them for hands-on practice. Intensive workshops, guest lectures and community events give members a chance to apply their knowledge and skills to the world around them. We aspire to motivate this generation to learn, and encourage them to create new possibilities for themselves!

Our flagship center sits at the end of Yerevan's Tumanyan Park named for the Armenian children's author and advocate, Hovhannes Tumanyan. Tumanyan Park—known to many as "Tumo"—inspired the name for a program dedicated to enriching and educating children.

TUMO was born from the imagination of Sam and Sylva Simonian. Born and raised in Beirut, the Simonians moved to the United States as teenagers. Sam enrolled in the engineering program at the University of Texas at Arlington and went on to co-found the leading telecommunications company, Inet. The Simonians have always noted the significant contributions Armenian organizations made to their education and success over the years, and have made it a personal endeavor to extend that gift to the current generation of bright and motivated Armenians. As such, The Simonian Foundation fully funds the TUMO Center in Yerevan, its programs, the adjoining plaza, and the revitalization of Tumanyan Park. Sam and Sylva are intimately involved at TUMO, with Sam lending his expertise on technology and its economic impact and Sylva contributing to the center's engagement with the environment and the program's unique curriculum.

There are currently four TUMO locations throughout Armenia and the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. In the summer of 2011, the Simonian Educational Foundation unveiled its first center in Armenia's capital, Yerevan. With the support of the Central Bank of Armenia, TUMO opened its second center in Dilijan, Armenia in 2013. In partnership with the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) the center has expanded to two critical locations: Gyumri, Armenia and Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh. To be part of the movement write to us at partnership@tumo.org.

Good question! The students work with two types of instructors. The first are TUMO staff members who teach the permanent and regularly scheduled workshops. The second are those who are invited on a short-term basis to teach provisional workshops. This system assures that students receive the benefits of regularly scheduled lessons while also taking advantage of the constant variation and new opportunities offered by the ad-hoc workshops.

Yes! We are always looking for experienced professionals to work with. If you are energetic and passionate about your field and want to work with some of Armenia's most motivated teens, please fill out a form and let's get started!

The TUMO learning system is designed to be flexible so that each student has the chance to learn about what they love. We offer four main focus areas:

  • Animation
  • Game Development
  • Web Design
  • Filmmaking

After initial exposure to the above fields, each student picks one to focus on and further develop. Aside from these four majors, we also offer workshops in a variety of complementary fields that all students can take part in, including:

  • Technical skills: programming, 3D modeling, 2D graphics
  • Artistic skills: drawing, music, writing
  • Professional skills: online literacy, communication, teamwork

If you're between the ages of 12 and 18, you can be a TUMO student! Seriously. That's it. You will need (1) a parent or guardian with you when you register (2) both your guardian and your birth certificate or passport. At registration, you'll be asked to make a one-time deposit of 10,000 AMD that will be returned upon graduation. Considerations can be made regarding this deposit, please contact us for further assistance.

TUMO does not have a membership fee. It is free of charge for all!

Yes! With much success, we've launched an initiative called Camp TUMO! Camp TUMO is a summer program that invites students from around the globe to come to Yerevan and take part in a jam-packed experience filled with education and fun. Teens are given the opportunity to take part in TUMO's learning system while immersing themselves in a new culture through guided tours and excursions. For more information write to us at camp@tumo.org.

TUMO does not issue diplomas upon graduation. However, we help students develop a portfolio chockfull of all the projects and various workshops they've participated in. When they leave the center, we want them to be able not just to talk about their skills, but to also show them.

Call us at (+37410) 398 413 ext. 2. Please leave your full name, age, and phone number and we will call you back with a good time to come in and register. We look forward to meeting you!

Of course! TUMO visiting hours are from 4 to 5 pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. To schedule a tour please fill out this request form OR send us a brief email. Please make sure that emails are sent 1 to 2 weeks before your preferred tour date.

Please be sure to include the following information in your email

  • Name
  • Country
  • Organization (if applicable)
  • Desired date of visit
  • Number of visitors
  • Purpose of the visit

We hope to see you soon!

Armenia is one of the few places in the world where you can visit a centuries-old monastery and attend a rock concert all in one day. The energy is always high, the food is rich, the nightlife is vibrant and the people are warm and friendly. Hey, if Armenia can make Kanye smile, it has got to be special.

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Kicking Off Lia Bekyan's Photo Lab

September 30, 2016

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Lia Bekyan's photography lab has begun, and the first photograph from the lab is, of course, a selfie!

Video Game Design with Vahe Karamian

September 30, 2016

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And the two weeks went by just like that. For these last two weeks, U.S.-based programmer Vahe Karamian and his students created a shooter game using C# and Unity programs. On September 23rd, the students' family and friends came to the center and saw exactly what games they created during the lab. The teens explained their games and Vahe spoke about the lab, the results and gifted TUMO the book Introduction to Game Programming: Using C# and Unity 3D which was written by him! Vahe, we couldn't be more grateful!

Sev Ohanian Shows Teens How to Take a Film from Idea to Production

September 30, 2016

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Sev Ohanian and his team of producers presented the results of their two weeks of hard work today. In toto, there were six films filled with comedy, drama and love and each film communicated an important, educational message. You'll get to see all of them yourself soon. No spoilers.

Sound Design with Lara Sarkissian

September 30, 2016

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San Francisco-based sound artist Lara Sarkissian showed her students at TUMO Stepanakert the ins and outs of sound design as they work away creating their own audio-visual project.

#TUMOspotlight on Narek, Princeton's Newest Freshman

September 14, 2016

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Narek Galstyan is an exceedingly polite 19-year-old TUMO alum who is soft-spoken, humble and motivated. Born and raised in the Arax village of Echmiadzin, Narek just made a sizeable move across the world. You see, Narek will be studying computer science at Princeton University.

Narek’s interest in programming began partly because it was something he could teach himself using limited resources. Then in 2012, Narek started coming to TUMO where he gained access to the very resources that let him expand on what he had taught himself. “Programming is important to me because I believe it is going to become a universal language, much like English, and everyone will need to know it.”

In order for Narek to attend TUMO, he had to commute 1.5 hours each way, but that didn’t deter him. In fact, it only motivated him further. “I realized I was spending a lot of energy to come to TUMO and that made me value the time I spent there even more. For the two hours I was there each week, I worked as hard as I could to learn as much as I could.”

From there, he was accepted into the United World College of the Adriatic and moved to Italy for two years. While he was there he continued exploring his love for programming and kept his ties with TUMO, participating in workshops at the center when he was in town. He also started a robotics club at the UWC based off of what he learned at TUMO. The two years he spent at the UWC was interesting for him, to say the least. “It was a fascinating time for me, beyond just the academic. Among other things, my experience there redefined what borders meant. For me, a border is a very definite line, a closed thing. In Italy, the border with Slovenia was made with just white rocks with a road going through it. It was a little jarring.”

While at the UWC, he applied to a number of colleges abroad. And didn’t get in anywhere. “When I didn’t get accepted the first time, I returned to Armenia and actually considered myself a failure. I eventually got a job with the Forkize startup and spent a year in Armenia before applying again. Looking back on it, I don’t consider that time a waste at all because I learned so many things.”

What inspired Narek to apply again, only to get accepted into Princeton University (and UC Berkeley for that matter)? “My parents always encouraged a love of learning within me from the very start. But it was also my time at TUMO that showed me what was possible through education. The people I met here, the coaches, the workshop leaders and even the upper management helped me every step of the way.”

Narek only just embarked on his four year adventure at Princeton, but his goal is to eventually work in the programming sphere in Armenia. “We have huge intellectual potential here. In reality, a lot of that potential is being spent helping create things abroad. Why not create it here?”

#BacktoTUMO 2016

September 08, 2016

And we are back! September 5th marked the first day of the TUMO year. All four centers opened their doors to let the learning, fun and excitement begin! Watch the video below and see the good vibes for yourself. 

TUMO Stepanakert's First Birthday!

September 05, 2016

TUMO Stepanakert celebrated its first birthday over the weekend! The day was filled with VR, robots, gifs, music, dancing and TUMO gear. In the just once year since the center's opening, there have been 22 workshops, seven learning labs and over 1,000 students. There's no stopping the teens of Artsakh so let's see where the next year at TUMO Stepanakert takes them!

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TUMO Opening in Koghb

July 26, 2016

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Today, the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies and the Koghb Educational, Cultural and Sports Development Foundation announced that a TUMO center will be opening in the border village of Koghb in the Tavush region!

The program will be realized through the partnership of the Koghb Educational, Cultural and Sports Development Foundation and the Simonian Educational Foundation as well as with the help of Argentinian-Armenian philanthropists Boghos Egsertsian, Grigor Simsiroghlu and Nshan Devedjyan and the support of others.

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The representatives from the Koghb Foundation, Director Artur Abovyan and foundation co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Arman Barseghyan, along with TUMO CEO Marie Lou Papazian and Deputy Director Aram Gyumishyan held a press conference for media and guests in order to explain the project details and future steps to be taken.

The projected launch of construction is set for this upcoming September while educational sessions will begin in 2018. The center is expected to accommodate 600 students. TUMO Koghb will have the same program and be taught by the same specialists as the Yerevan, Dilijan, Gyumri and Stepanakert locations. The location will also have international specialists teach there and share their experiences with TUMO teens.

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One of highlights of the press conference was a question from the audience. Ten teens from Tavush were all in attendance with Camp TUMO. An especially inquisitive camper asked why the center was to be built in Koghb and not Noyemberyan. Valid question, though it’s only about a 20 minute ride away. We reassured her that we’re working to make sure to cover transportation for the students in the region.

We’re very excited and can’t wait to start working with the teens of Tavush! Stick around for all the Koghb details.

#TUMOspotlight on Janibek

July 20, 2016

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Janibek Manukyan is not your typical 15-year-old. Granted, all teens who attend TUMO have their own unique characteristics that make them stand out, but rarely do you find a teen with such a strong sense of purpose as Janibek from TUMO Gyumri.

For those who do not know Janibek, he’s kind of a jack of all trades. He’s interested in physics, mathematics, art and medicine and also enjoys creative writing, poetry and even writes the words to TUMO songs performed by the TUMO Gyumri music students. After hearing this, naturally we wanted to know what he wrote about. “I write about Armenia, and I have a special interest in Western Armenia. It’s a theme that’s very close to my heart.” (There’s that sense of purpose we were talking about.) Janibek even writes poems dedicated to Armenia and Western Armenia. “I'm fascinated with Western Armenia. I look at Mount Ararat and know that I could live there. I want to touch it; it’s so close and so unreachable at the same time.

Janibek approaches everything he does with a sense of commitment, including his time at TUMO. “There’s really nothing you can’t learn at TUMO; everything is interesting. You also have a lot of opportunities here and you just need to pick what you want for your future. 

Though that future is still undecided. He has narrowed it down however to politician and/or plastic surgeon. Remember, jack of all trades.

 

FUN FACT:

Jannibek is terrified of dogs. He was chased by a pack of eight when he was five so you can imagine that left a bad taste in his mouth. But, he has a pet dog that he keeps around so no one knows about his phobia. That dog he likes.

Virtual Reality with Celine Kalandjian

July 19, 2016

Virtual reality guru Celine Kaladjian worked with TUMO Yerevan teens to create their own vr films. The students did everything from filming to post-production and everything in between. Using Autopano Video and Autopano Giga, the TUMOians created the virtual reality of their virtual dreams.