The Museum's approach to education is a multipronged one, encompassing programs for school students and teachers, families, everyday visitors to the Museum, and groups reached through video and internet broadcasts. The Education Division stresses STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in support of a nationwide effort.
In 2010 the Education Division expanded its astronomy programming, offering regular sessions in the observatory on the National Mall, and acquiring a new portable planetarium and two telescopes for the Udvar-Hazy Center. Continuing a program started in 2009, the division also produced an online conference featuring the recipients of the 2010 National Air and Space Museum Trophy. In addition, visitor and electronic programming was expanded in the Moving Beyond Earth gallery's presentation center, which opened at the end of 2009, with multiple presentations by space shuttle astronauts and other activities.