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TUMO is a new kind of educational experience at the intersection of technology and design.

TUMO Center for Creative Technologies

location_on Armenia
At TUMO, teens learn because they want to. The TUMO learning program is made up of self-learning activities, workshops and project labs around 14 learning targets. Students combine the learning targets into personal learning plans, which constantly adapt to fit their progress and evolving preferences. Over 20,000 teens attend TUMO centers in Armenia, France and Lebanon.

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HundrED 2022

Visual Arts in Education

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Innovation Overview

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20 000
1 614
Updated on August 9th, 2022
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What is TUMO Center for Creative Technologies ?

The TUMO program covers 14 learning targets: Animation, Game Development, Filmmaking, Web Development, Music, Writing, Drawing, Graphic Design, 3D Modeling, Computer Programming, Robotics, Motion Graphics, Photography and New Media. The program alternates independent learning activities supported by coaches, with hands-on workshops taught by the center's specialized staff, and project labs led by industry leaders from across the globe.  

Self-Learning: Self-learning activities are short, interactive exercises designed to inspire and build up skills. Coaches help with activities by getting learners unstuck, advising, and providing encouragement. There are hundreds of activities to choose from, and most are prerequisites that lead to workshops in each learning target.

Workshops: Workshops are led by specialists across TUMO’s 14 learning targets. They range from beginner to advanced and culminate in individual or team projects. Each project is published to the participant’s portfolio and is sometimes submitted to competitions and festivals, or published online and on app stores.

Project Labs: Project Labs are offered on an ad hoc basis by top technology and design professionals from around the world. Over 100 of these instructors come to TUMO every year to lead advanced labs and to work with TUMO teens on real life projects. Labs can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months.

How does TUMO work? 

Teens combine the TUMO learning targets in their own personal learning plans, which are always adapting to fit their progress and evolving preferences. Soft skills, such as teamwork, initiative-taking, empathy and effective communication, are built into the educational program along with content area know-how and technical skills.

There are no student cohorts at TUMO – students of all ages, social background and interests work together at various times in different workshops and labs; no entrance exams, requirements or fees – all applicants are accepted free of charge; no grades – students do not compete with each other, but are rather motivated to gain access to their favorite workshops and labs, and to level up, as they would in a video game; and no certificate of completion – instead, each student's work is automatically uploaded to their online portfolio, which becomes their "living diploma."

How is TUMO spreading? 

There are four TUMO centers in Armenia (19000 active students), and two more are under development. Internationally, a TUMO center opened in Paris in collaboration with the Municipality of Paris in September 2018, and another opened in Beirut, Lebanon in November 2018. TUMO Moscow, TUMO Tirana, TUMO Tokyo, TUMO Berlin  and several other international locations are expected to open in the next two years.


HundrED Academy Review

I think the idea of a living diploma is really powerful- more and more pupils are required to evidence everything. The positive way they encourage pupils to level up is very nurturing. If schools had the correct tech this would be incredibly inspiring for learners.

- HundrED Academy Member

I love the independent learning with wrap-around services with staff there. The fact that they have figured out how to scale this is awesome. Every community should have this. This is where teens can follow their passions and shine. Brilliant.

- HundrED Academy Member
TUMO is creating a safe space for students to explore a variety of visual arts skills with the help of mentors and personalised learning targets. They also provide an implementation kit to open a center in any urban environment, which can then support satellite "TUMO-in-a-box" locations in surrounding rural areas, available in multiple languages.
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Achievements & Awards

November 2021
HundrED 2022
December 2020
Visual Arts in Education
May 2019
European Heritage / Europa Nostra Award in the Education, Training and Awareness-Raising category
May 2019
TUMO CEO Marie Lou Papazian Awarded the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo
February 2018
Chariman’s Prize at WCIT 2018 for “Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age”

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