Make a USB Bootable Sugar on a Stick Flash Drive

Make a USB bootable Sugar on a Stick flash drive; Sugar on a Stick (SoaS) is a compressed version of Fedora Linux. It was created specifically for children as an alternative to the office style desktop. It is essentially a learning platform that promotes collaborative learning through activities that encourage critical thinking.

Sugar on a Stick running from USB

Sugar on a Stick Start Menu

Sugar is used daily in an educational environment by millions of children worldwide and is available in several languages. A Linux based operating system that incorporates the Sugar Learning Platform. Sugar is an educational software suite that provides a child friendly interface and a collection of activities that promote interactive and collaborative learning. Originally developed for the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project, Sugar aims to provide an engaging and intuitive environment for students.

(SoaS) Key Features

  • Portable Learning Environment: Sugar on a Stick allows users to carry the educational environment with them on a USB flash drive. This makes it easy to use the system on different computers without installing it locally.
  • Child-Friendly Interface: Sugar has a unique interface designed with children in mind. It features a graphical and colorful design, with an emphasis on simplicity and ease of use.
  • Activities: Sugar on a Stick comes with a variety of educational activities that cover subjects such as math, language, science, and more. These activities are designed to be interactive and collaborative, encouraging hands-on learning.
  • Collaboration: One of the key features of Sugar is its focus on collaboration. Students can work together on projects, share activities, and learn from each other in a social and interactive environment.
  • Low Resource Requirements: Sugar is designed to run on low-resource hardware, making it suitable for older computers or less powerful devices.
  • Open Source: Sugar on a Stick, like the Sugar Learning Platform, is open source. This means that the software is freely available, and its source code can be modified and redistributed by the community.
  • Support for OLPC Activities: Many of the activities in Sugar were initially developed for the OLPC project, and they are designed to support the specific needs of educational initiatives in developing countries.

Creating your own Bootable USB is relatively straight forward and can easily be accomplished with just a few clicks by using YUMI.

Sugar on a Stick Specifications

  • Distribution Home Page: Sugar Labs
  • Release Date: Initially released in tandem with the OLPC XO-1 laptop in 2007
  • Developer: "Sugar on a Stick" (SoaS) is closely associated with the Sugar Learning Platform, and both projects were initiated by the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) association. The OLPC project was founded by Nicholas Negroponte and other researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab.
  • Persistent Feature: Yes

Essentials to make a bootable SoaS USB

  • Windows 11, 10, 8 Computer
  • USB flash drive
  • YUMI (does the USB boot conversion)
  • SoaS Live ISO file

How to create a Sugar on a Stick USB using YUMI

Sugar on a Stick (SoaS) is a portable version of the Sugar Learning Platform, designed to run from a USB flash drive. Here's how to:

  1. Download and launch the YUMI USB Boot Maker software.
  2. (1.) Select your flash drive from the list of devices.
    (2.) Next, choose Sugar on a Stick from the list of distros.
    (3.) Browse to your ISO, and then click Create.
    USB Bootable Sugar on a Stick Yumi
  3. Once YUMI has finished installing to your thumb drive:
      • Restart your PC and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB drive.
      • Save your changes and then reboot.

If all goes well, you should now be booting into your own portable Sugar on a Stick (SoaS). Enjoy!