You don’t need access to super expensive equipment to get started with basics of genetic engineering. The Amino Labs DNA Playground Kit is a science kit that lets you do up to 4 simultaneous transformations. It allows you to engineer and grow microorganisms.
You can get the Amino Labs DNA Playground with WiFi to easily monitor things from afar. The unit has a hot station, cold station, and touchscreen display. The above video shows what you can do with it.