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Nautilus pompilius beginning its descent back down to its 300m habitat. (Photo by Gregory Barord)

Part 4-Search for the Fuzzy Nautilus


Success!!! We caught nautiluses!!                   On our second day of trapping in Kavieng we set our traps in a different area and we successfully caught several nautiluses in the trap. It sure made the hour pulling up the trap so much worth it when something is in … Read more »

Pictured from left: Will V., Brock S., Jessica M., Bridget J., Zoe H., (Behind Zoe) Engineering/Architecture Teacher Clint Gadbury, Jonnathan G., Parent Michael S., Alex S., Thomas K., Parent Robert V., (Not Pictured) Home Building Teacher Ben Molloy

Civil Engineering & Architecture Students Volunteer at Habitat For Humanity


Several students in Central Campus’s PLTW: Civil Engineering & Architecture class volunteered at a home being built by Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, October 17th. Eight students, two dads, and two teachers volunteered their time at the home being built at 3305 8th St. in Des Moines. Volunteers at the build were tasked with installing … Read more »

Waking up to our boats in the water ready for us to go pick up our gear (Photo by Peter Ward)

Part 3-Search for the Fuzzy Nautilus


            On the first day, we deployed one baited trap and one BRUVS. We only deployed one of each because this was a new survey area and until we get a better sense of the bathymetry of the ocean floor (what the ocean floor looks like), we error on the side of caution. So, if … Read more »


Central Campus Cafe Opening Soon


Every Fall and Spring the Central Campus Café opens for a few select dates, offering the best views and student-created lunches in town. No visit is the same because every menu is different! Join DMPS Culinary Arts students and their instructor Chef John Andres for another great season of tasty fare at Central Campus. For dates, and menus sent to your inbox, click on the headline.


Central Campus Fashion Is Doggone Adorable


Central Campus Fashion Design and Merchandising students teamed up with The Great Iowa Pet Expo to show off one-of-a-kind pet fashions at the annual Pet Fashion Show over the weekend. Instructor Tracy Holland says pet owners are a growing target market in the fashion industry. To see more of what the students showcased, click on the image.

Share The Mic

Share The Mic!


We are always excited when our students get involved and can share their talent! On Friday, October 16, at 7pm, students from the Movement 515 program are hosting a “Share The Mic” event. It will be held at Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University. Admission to this amazing event are: $5 for adults and $1 for … Read more »

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During the school year, Campus Café is operated by the Central Campus Culinary Arts students under the direction of Chef John Andres. Enjoy great food and service while experiencing a beautiful view of downtown Des Moines. Lunch is served from 10:55 AM to 12:30 PM on specific dates throughout the year. Come to Central Campus and enjoy these up-and-coming culinary artists! To  “sign up” to receive the menu, please email:

Next Café Day! Thursday November 19th! The menu is here: Nov 19 Menu


We appreciate reservations because that lets us know how much food to prepare each week.  If you are in a hurry, you can also pre-order your lunch so that we have it ready upon your arrival.  This is especially useful for teachers in a hurry on lunch break.  We will also deliver within the Central Campus/Academy buildings!  Please follow this link to place your reservations, pre-order, delivery, and carry-out orders:

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