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Girls Scouts And Michigan Science Center Team Up On “Science Of The Cookie” For Annual Cookie-Selling Season

Events Include Science Education, Favorite Cookie Contest and Onsite Troop Sales


Detroit, Mich., Feb. 10, 2023 – Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) and the Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) are teaming up to celebrate cookie-selling season with a series of scientific demonstrations. Michigan Science Center educators, edibleWOW and GSSEM representatives will explore the science behind baking cookies and lead hands-on activities for visitors.

The program kicks off on Saturday, March 4th at 10 a.m. on Mi-Sci’s Science Stage with a special cooking demonstration called “The Color of Butter,” with edibleWOW and chef Amanda Saab. Chef Saab will prepare salted brown butter chocolate chip cookies and demonstrate the science of what happens to flavor profiles in baked goods when the color of butter changes with heat.

“We are thrilled to partner with GSSEM and showcase the fun and fascinating science behind baking cookies,” said Dr. Christian Greer, President and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “This is an entertaining and educational way to celebrate the annual Girl Scout cookie sale tradition.”

“We are enjoying working with the Michigan Science Center to bring the ‘Science of the Cookie’ program to children and families. This unique educational experience blends the excitement of Girl Scout cookies with the wonders of baking, science, and creating a memorable experience for everyone who loves cookies,” said Monica Woodson, CEO, Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan.

Additional science demonstrations will take place on weekends from March 4th to April 9th and include activities such as “Cookie Nightmares,” a guessing game using “cookie fails” to learn about the importance of each ingredient in a classic chocolate chip cookie, and “Cookie Excavation,” where visitors can try out their archaeological skills and practice using tools as they carefully “excavate” chocolate chips from a cookie and map their location on a grid.

In addition to the science demonstrations, Girl Scout troops will sell cookies in the Michigan Science Center lobby every weekend through April 9th.

GSSEM will also host a special online voting contest for visitors to select their favorite Girl Scout cookie.  The grand prize includes a one-year family membership to the Michigan Science Center, a STEM-related learning gift basket from the Mi-Sci gift store, a $25 gift card to A Serendipity Cakery, and 20 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, two of each variety available this cookie season.

Ten runners-up will win a family day pass for four to the Michigan Science Center and 10 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, one of each variety available this cookie season.

About Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan

Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) is the local council chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to help girls in our region build leadership skills.  GSSEM facilitates the Girl Scout Leadership Experience that allows girls of all backgrounds and abilities to discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them. GSSEM serves girls and adult volunteers in Oakland, Macomb, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac, and parts of Wayne, Monroe and Livingston Counties.

About The Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) is a Smithsonian affiliate that inspires nearly 250,000 curious minds of all ages every year through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) discovery, innovation and interactive education in Detroit and across Michigan. As a STEM hub, Mi-Sci focuses on developing and introducing expanded education programs, exhibits and initiatives to empower and enrich our children and community. Through their Traveling Science Program and distance learning initiative, ECHO Live!, Mi-Sci is expanding beyond its Detroit-based facility, with a goal of reaching all 83 counties of Michigan. With the Toyota Engineering 4D Theater, live science demonstrations, lab activities and 220+ interactive exhibits, there are dozens of ways to customize your Mi-Sci visit. The Michigan Science Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive funding from Detroit or the state of Michigan. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website,

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