Children's Museum

10am–5pm Daily

Eleven smiling youths hold up their plants and various greens.

Scaling the Walls

Scaling the Walls/Escalando Paredes was a cultural exchange between two after school clubs for high school aged teens at the Interactive Science Museum (MIC) in Quito, Ecuador, and Children's Museum of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, USA.

The program brought together 25 teens once per week at each Museum to learn about the many ways food impacts community, how to grow plants in dense urban spaces, and the connection between plants, food, the environment and health. The teens also developed their Spanish language skills.

Once a month, each group participated in Skype conversations with their partner club to share photos, learned about each other’s culture and daily life, and shared what they learned about the food system and growing their own food in their respective countries.

Other program activities included:

  • Monthly field trips to restaurants focused on local, organic and/or sustainable food sourcing, farmer’s markets, and grocery stores, including East End Food Co-op, Wild Purveyors, Farmer’s at the Firehouse, Strip District, Pittsburgh Public Market and backyard permaculture demonstration sites.
  • Working on urban farms such as Ballfield Farm and visiting other community garden.
  • Learning how to prepare healthy, delicious and seasonal food (sourced primarily from Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance’s year-round Farm Stand)
  • Harvesting food and learning simple, healthy and delicious ways to prepare
  • Watching documentaries and TED talks around food issues and discussing them
  • Journaling to reflect on club activities


Scaling the Walls/Escalando Paredes is a Museums Connect Program, made possible by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the American Alliance of Museums. Museums Connect programs foster museum-based international exchanges in which members of the museums’ communities play a leading role in shaping their own collaborative experience.