Tumo Center Opens in Yerevan

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YEREVAN — On Monday, August 14, the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies officially opened to the public, but on, Friday, August 12, the public got a taste of the state-of-the-art facility during the opening ceremonies, which were streamed live on the center’s website.

Founded by AGBU Central Board member Sam Simonian and his wife, Sylva, Tumo is located in Yerevan’s Ajapniak neighborhood and it is designed to introduce students, ages 12 to 18, to a professional level of instruction in animation, web development, video game design and digital video/audio through extensive after-school programs.

Designed to serve 1,000 students a day, the 75,000-square-foot facility will offer students in Armenia access to the latest technology and a universe of innovative ideas.

“Teamwork, communication, Internet literacy, analytical thinking, initiative — these are the skills that will be taught at Tumo,” says Sylva Simonian. “Sure, the kids may come to learn how to create a video game, or build a better website — and have fun in the process – but they’ll leave with so much more.”

“Creativity is a key component in the success of any endeavor,” Sam Simonian says. “Kids attending Tumo are likely to be working in fields that don’t even exist yet. But the skills, and creative ways of solving problems they’ll learn at Tumo, will serve them well as they make their own contributions to the world in the years ahead.”

To learn more or watch the opening ceremonies, visit tumo.org.

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