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TUMO Center for Creative Technologies
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.
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."
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.