I would like to do a science experiment on skin health. in order to take good data, I really need to get real scientific instruments. I need portable instruments so I can take a lot of data at home. Unfortunately, even the used ones are really expensive to buy. It would help if I could get an instrument called a corneometer (for measuring how dry skin is) and a TEWL meter (for measuring how much water skin loses).
Is there a way to get real scientific instruments for student projects on loan or places where I could apply for funding as a middle school student if I have a good project proposal? I can't find anything.
Some people suggested Stanford but I don't know anyone at the medical school and anyway I don't think they can loan their equipment for as long as I need even if they have it. The science fair rules this year say middle school students can't do their work at a research lab, and anyway, I need to take a lot of data for my tests so I have to do it at home.